What’s Zo Wearing? December 16, 2007

We must never forget where we come from, peeps. Never! When I went to Russia last summer and saw this shawl, I knew it was destiny.

Now, a little language lesson for all. What you see me wearing below is a shawl. A shawl is called “shahl” in Russian. It is not called a “babushka”. A babushka, in fact, is a little old lady or grandmother. While these are often spotted wearing shawls on their heads they are not shawls themselves. Next time you see a shawl, you will KNOW.

And of course, even shadow-ninjas need familiars, particularly portable ones.

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9 Responses to “What’s Zo Wearing? December 16, 2007”

  1. Shay Says:

    It’s also ‘Shal’ in Hebrew. I always thought babushkas were those lil grannie wood toys that open up to reveal a seemingly endless sequence of other such opening grannies, mothers, and at the very end, baby.

  2. paul blume Says:

    I, raised by a mother who assaulted me with Cyrillic-stuff whenever the occasion arose, already knew better. (Babushka was also a pretty decent song by Kate Bush and the baby name for one of my cats).
    Shame on those scuffy boots, though, lady!

  3. Ben Morris Says:

    Shay: I believe the nested dolls are called matryoshka dolls.

  4. Zoetica Says:

    Shay, that’s interesting. Wonder if it’s just a coincidence?

    Ben, Matyoshka is indeed correct!

    Paul, the boots are dyed to look like that! Intentionally, see.

  5. D Says:

    …gotto stop commenting this on flickr…

    The boots – so nice. The last image (and the smile it brings) is super =)

  6. Zoetica Says:

    D – thank you for the feedback, both here and on flickr! Moo’s such a natural in that last pic.

  7. Shay Says:

    @Zoe – Apparently it comes from the Persian شال, Shāl, so I’m guessing it does come from the same linguistic ancestry.

    @Ben – Thanks! My bad.

  8. Zoetica Says:

    Shay – well that makes sense! I imagine these types of scarves are Persian in origin and were exported to Russia and elsewhere.

  9. Y Says:

    It get that alot about babuska, it’s like the only word people know in russian and vodka of course… It was quite popular last year with russian-pattern shawls and it made me feel weird :S felt so fake.
    Anyway I like this outfit very much, mostly the pants-part and the boots were a nice touch.